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Director - IT Solution Architecture

Pace Analytical Services LLC Minneapolis, MN

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description: SUMMARY: The Director of IT Solution Architecture identifies, designs, plans, and facilitates delivery of IT solutions across the Pace enterprise. This role is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to IT personnel including business analysts and product managers. This role is the senior analysis leader for all systems across the enterprise including LIMS, customer portals, data management, and analytics & reporting. This role will collaborate extensively with other IT leaders. As a member of the IT senior leadership team, the Director of Solution Architecture will provide leadership for overall IT operations and administration of corporate information management and services, including vision and leadership of enterprise applications, technology infrastructure, information technology policies and security, including the development of strategic and tactical plans for emerging information technologies. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.Responsible for establishing an IT Solution Architecture practice and methods, and adoption of these methods within and outside the IT organizationManage activities that take place during solution ideation, solution design, and solution implementationReview business context for solutions to company challenges as well as defining the vision and requirements for the solution, recommending potential options, (which may include RFIs, RFPs or prototype development), selecting the optimal option, and the developing a roadmap for the selected solutionChampion a structured approach to planning business applications and technology solutionsDrive the development of an enterprise solutions architecture including related product roadmaps and project portfolios for IT business-systems architectureAssure solutions not only are a fit for the specific purpose but also closely align with the standards guidelines of technology solutionsDirect the identification and recommendation of appropriate solutions, upgrades, replacements, or decommissioning options incorporating business and technology productivity, usability, and total cost of ownershipDevelop an enterprise technology strategy that addresses Pace’s business needs and establishes the approach for securely integrating information, applications, and programs aligned to Pace’s business and IT strategies within business and technology constraintsFormulate, socialize, and maintain a business-technology solution architecture to guide development and integration of existing and new Pace software platformsWork with internal and external stakeholders to understand the needs for Pace software platforms and solutionsResponsible for the creation, implementation, and adherence of Pace business-analysis standards, practices, and procedures across the Pace IT organizationProvide technical coaching/mentoring for analysis staffCreate and lead the visioning and planning processes for integrating IT systems to meet Pace requirementsFormulate and maintain enterprise software innovation roadmaps and solution architecture to drive Pace business opportunities while ensuring service availability, scalability, IT service continuity and overall cost-effectiveness of IT systemsFoster innovation, technical understanding, and collaboration to deliver end-to-end sustainable solutions that improve service, tighten security, and/or reduce costConsult with Pace stakeholders to identify innovative technology capabilities requiredEducate, consult and influence stakeholders (inside and outside of the IT organization) to better understand existing technology solution opportunities, risks, approaches, and software changes required to support business strategies and goalsLead through influence a team of IT professionals to envision, design, develop, test, and implement the Pace enterprise solution strategy based on business objectives and technology capabilitiesLead positive change and promote the effective application of technology to ensure stability, performance, security, and risk mitigation in support of Pace businessesPromote open communication and collaboration with assigned personnel, business partners, management, and other Information Technology personnelMonitor and adhere to technology-related regulatory and compliance requirementsPromote and support the overall mission of Pace Analytical by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with customers and staff; act in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environmentManage a team of direct reports and be a senior technical leader and influencer of many people within and outside the IT organizationAbility to operate with a high degree of creativity and latitude is requiredPerform other duties as assigned QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Engineering, Business, or a closely related field; AND fifteen (15) years of experience in information technology with at least five (5) years as a solution architect, leader of business analysis or product management OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Master’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Information Technology, or related field is a plus. Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations: Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.None Required Knowledge and Skills Required Knowledge:Knowledge of the solution-design processExcellent oral and written communicationAnalytical and problem-solving skillsAbility to work under indirect supervisionBroad understanding of information technology functional areasEffective interpersonal skills and collaborative management style that includes teamwork and consensus-building abilityComfortable with ambiguity and time spent outside of comfort zone acquiring new skillsTechnically creative and open-mindedAdvanced knowledge and experience in both Agile, Waterfall, and Spiral SDLC practicesUnderstanding of cloud-based developmentAdvanced ability to research, analyze and recommend new technologies and software applications to meet a company’s needsAdvanced ability to research, analyze and recommend improvements to the organization’s use of the existing software applicationsStrong coaching and leadership experienceDeep knowledge on enterprise software and service-oriented architectureBroad understanding of IT infrastructureExperience in modeling and graphic representations of systemsProven experience challenging the status quo on the way IT is integrated and provides value to lines of business and customersVisionary perspective with the desire to explore cutting-edge technologies related to software and IT infrastructure but within business practicalitiesConsulting experience is a plus Required Skills:Deep expertise in solution architecture and business analysis, including functional requirements definition and solution designExperience formulating and managing technology roadmapsDemonstrated ability to communicate the complexities of technical programs in business and technology termsAbility to connect business leaders and IT professionals through aligned technology visioning and enablementProficiency with information technologies in a secure distributed enterprise environmentExpertise in all aspects of the software development lifecycle including multiple approaches like Agile and WaterfallEffective communication skills; verbal, non-verbal and written; and ability to communicate with team members at all levels of the organization.Effective collaboration skills, focusing on strong working relationships with all functional units of the organizationStrong organizational, analytical, and critical-thinking skills that result in conclusive recommendations and decisionsExcellent change-management skills and ability to drive transformation across a broad organization to build acceptance and alignment behind a significant change missionEffective oral, written and interpersonal communication skillsIndependent problem-solver – Sorts through issues and conducts comparative analysis of multiple solutionsAdvanced skill in creating and maintaining technical documentationTeam leadership and development: Ability to mentor, coach, and transfer expertise to othersUsing tact, discretion and prudence in working with those contacted in the course of the workSystems-thinking skills to synthesize complex situations into elegant yet practical technology-based solutions aligned to business needsAble to thrive in an environment that requires a high degree of autonomy, integrity and accountability PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Mobility to work in an office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 10 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screens; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in an office setting. Work is subject to travel.

Pace Analytical Services LLC


Minneapolis, MN
55414 USA



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